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SANTA FE, N.M. — LewAllen Galleries will be showcasing the work of longtime Santa Fe artist Forrest Moses, with more than 30 works spanning his 50-year career on display. Moses, whose abstract landscapes have been shown in galleries across the country, hasn’t had a solo show since 2012. LewAllen’s survey correlates with his 85th birthday.

“October Dream, Vermont Stream” by Forrest Moses. (Courtesy of Lewallen Galleries)

Moses has lived in California for about a decade for health reasons, and is no longer making new paintings. He had lived in Santa Fe previously since 1969. Prior to that, the Virginia native was a Naval officer based in the Philippines. His travels to other Asian countries, such as Japan, is said to have inspired his artistic style. Much of his work, which toes the line between impressionism and abstraction, uses Japanese and Chinese brush-painting techniques.

The pieces in the new show include works from Moses’ own collection, as well as the collection of retired Santa Fe Opera director Charles MacKay and Cameron McCluskey. “Forrest Moses: 50-year Survey” is running Friday (April 26) until June 15 at LewAllen, 1613 Paseo de Peralta. The opening reception is Friday from 5-7 p.m.

The first issue of “Fairlady.” Comic book author Brian Schirmer will be at Santa Fe’s Big Adventure Comics to sign copies and give a talk on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Big Adventure Comics)

Comic book first: In Brian Schirmer’s comic “Fairlady,” the main character, Jenner Faulds – who posed as a man to join the army – comes back home and begins her new job as a private investigator. The job is also known as a “fairman” in Schirmer’s fantasy world. As the only woman in the field – or the first “fairlady” – she gets whatever cases are left over by her male colleagues. Along the way, Faulds discovers that even the “smallest cases hide the biggest secrets.”

The San Francisco-based comic book writer will be stopping at Santa Fe’s Big Adventure Comics later this week to sign copies. “I took a love of ’70s and ’80s shows like Magnum, P.I. and The Rockford Files, poured that into a big bowl of Middle Earth, and added dashes of China Miéville, Michael Moorcock and Mignola, and Barbarians Conan and Thundarr,” Schirmer says of the new comic he created with artist Claudia Balboni and colorist Marissa Louise. His stop in Santa Fe also includes a 30-minute presentation on creating worlds for science fiction stories. Schirmer’s signing starts 5 p.m. Wednesday at Big Adventure Comics, 418 Montezuma Ave. Suite C. The world-building presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. The events are free.

Drone photography: Locals can learn how to take their photography to new heights with the Institute of American Indian Arts’ drone workshop later this week. Santa Fe-based photographer and IAIA staff member Jason Ordaz will teach participants the basics of using drones to take aerial photographs, taking into consideration factors like time of day and landscape. He will also go over what to consider when deciding on a drone purchase and applicable Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Weather permitting, Ordaz will also take the group outside and demonstrate using his own drone. The workshop is 1-4 p.m. Saturday on the IAIA Campus just south of town, 83 Avan Nu Po Road. The class is $25 a person. To register, visit, call 505-424-2308, or visit IAIA’s Continuing Education Office in person on the second floor of the Center for Lifelong Education building.

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